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Call for the Bird Commission

The Royal Commission on the Status of Women, called by Prime Minister Pearson in February 1967, held the notion of equal opportunity as its precept. Chaired by journalist Florence Bird, the panel was criticized both for exceeding traditional boundaries and also for hedging on the conservative. But the great undercurrent born of the Bird Commission was a renunciation against inequality.

Just two weeks before the fact-finding mission officially kicks off, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson answers questions on the Royal Commission's directives. Florence Bird, the appointed chairperson of the unprecedented commission, discusses the role of women in an urbanized society, and the legal and social status of Canadian women.
• Florence Bird, whose pen name was Anne Francis, began broadcasting Headline History for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1942.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Feb. 3, 1967
Guest(s): Florence Bird, Lester B. Pearson
Duration: 2:10

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